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  • Islamists and Secularists in Egyptby Dina Shehata

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 48.95

    In a detailed analysis of the continued survival of authoritarian governments in the Arab world, this book uses Egypt as a case study to address the timely and complex issue of democratization in the Middle East. This book examines how relations between different actors in the Egyptian opposition have contributed to the endurance of authoritarianism... more...

  • Constantinopleby Roger Crowley

    Faber & Faber 2009; US$ 11.99

    'Engagingly fresh and vivid . . . The 21-year-old Mehmet [the Ottoman Sultan] emerges from this book as ruthless but innovative, irascible but versatile and, above all, indefatigable - a worthy successor to Alexander and the Roman emperors he admired as much as any Muslim hero.' Malise Ruthven, Sunday Times In the spring of 1453, the Ottoman... more...

  • The Siege of Meccaby Yaroslav Trofimov

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 17.58

    20 November 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. With thousands of terrified worshippers trapped inside, the result was a bloody siege that lasted two weeks, caused hundreds of deaths, prompted an international diplomatic crisis and unleashed... more...

  • The Burning Tigrisby Peter Balakian

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    A History of International Human Rights and Forgotten Heroes In this national bestseller, the critically acclaimed author Peter Balakian brings us a riveting narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Using rarely seen archival documents and remarkable first-person... more...

  • The ISIS Apocalypseby William McCants

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    The so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, has inspired young men and women all over the world to commit horrible atrocities in its name. By the thousands, they have flooded into the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria and Iraq and carried out attacks under its black banner in nearly every continent, most recently in Paris. How has the Islamic State surpassed... more...

  • An Improbable Friendshipby Anthony David

    Random House Australia 2015; US$ 22.85

    The extraordinary true story of a secret forty-year friendship between two women who should have been bitter enemies. One: the beautiful Raymonda Tawil, the mother-in-law of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The other: Ruth Dayan, widow of General Moshe Dayan, the most celebrated Jewish general since Joshua and the man who spent much of his military... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of the Arab-Israeli Conflictby P R. Kumaraswamy

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 134.99

    This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Arab-Israeli Conflict covers the history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 600 cross-referenced entries important events, key personalities, official positions of principal states and the UN and other efforts... more...

  • Dismantling the Ottoman Empireby Nevzat Uyanik

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Prior to World War I, American involvement in Armenian affairs was limited to missionary and educational interests. This was contrary to Britain, which had played a key role in the diplomatic arena since the Treaty of Berlin in 1878, when the Armenian question had become a subject of great power diplomacy. However, by the end of the war the dynamics... more...

  • Jihad Academyby Nicolas Hénin; Martin Makinson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 15.99

    When you keep repeating that the worst is about to happen, it finally does. The threat of terrorism has caught up with us. By invading Iraq in 2003 and not intervening in Syria since 2011, we have helped fuel radicalization. And we continue to fuel it, by making diplomatic compromises with dictators, by refusing to heed the suffering of populations,... more...

  • Storm from the Eastby Milton Viorst

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.95

    America?s engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. According to Milton Viorst, the current conflict is simply the latest round in a 1,400-year struggle between Christianity and Islam, in which the United States became a participant only in the last century. Today, the Bush Doctrine aims to free the Arab peoples from... more...